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Monday, July 7, 2008

cholesterol-fighting drugs for 8 year olds?

From the AP:

For the first time, an influential doctors group is recommending that some children as young as 8 be given cholesterol-fighting drugs to ward off future heart problems....It is the strongest guidance ever given on the issue by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which released its new guidelines Monday. The academy also recommends low-fat milk for 1-year-olds and wider cholesterol testing....Dr. Stephen Daniels, of the academy's nutrition committee, says the new advice is based on mounting evidence showing that damage leading to heart disease, the nation's leading killer, begins early in life...It also stems from recent research showing that cholesterol-fighting drugs are generally safe for children, Daniels said....Several of these drugs are approved for use in children and data show that increasing numbers are using them...."If we are more aggressive about this in childhood, I think we can have an impact on what happens later in life ... and avoid some of these heart attacks and strokes in adulthood," Daniels said. He has worked as a consultant to Abbott Laboratories (ABT) and Merck & Co. (MRK), but not on matters involving their cholesterol drugs.



Read Here:http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080707/D91OVSJ00.html

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